Probably the most difficult task of 2015’s Most Underrated list is to pick one of the most underrated songs of the year. It’s like searching for a needle in a pile of hay stack. We dialed it down to 3 songs but in the end we have a winner.
Music is an important part of our lives. It’s believed that more than a million songs are released each year. (That number could be dangerously undervalued) Different genres, styles and artist – there is something for everyone. Whether your headbanger or someone who enjoys the classic. It wouldn’t be wrong to say that each and every song that releases finds its followers. It wouldn’t be farfetched if I were to say there are no bad songs.
Having said that let’s dive in the pile of hay stack. I love every type of genre be it Hip-Hop, Rock, Pop or Electronic. Therefore trickling down to one underrated song was far more harder than I imagined. Things only got worse when I realized the job at hand was to pick one of the most underrated and not most commercially successful song. Let’s put this in perspective, the final selection has to be one of the most underrated songs – which means it wouldn’t be one of those major commercial hits.
After drowning myself in hours and hours of music and a bit of soul searching, I zoned into 3 songs that fulfilled my criteria of one of the most underrated songs.
Number 3 spot went to the Queen of Internet – The Supreme fantasy of Nerds all over Including me – Lana Del Rey.
Lana released her fourth studio album in 2015 called Honeymoon. The album received critical acclaim and massive fan following. She was all over youtube and the airwaves. The album itself was quite different from Ultraviolence but sounded true to her roots of Baroque Pop or Cinematic Trip-Hop. The album was an amalgamation of Blues, Jazz, trap, soul and such subgenres. It is safe to say it’s one of the most sophisticated albums of Lana.
One song that caught my ear was “Music To Watch Boys To”. Now it may feel like Lana is checking out the dudes in the music video but It’s an excellent song to checkout Lana and fantasize over her. Swimming girls, Lazy sexy Lana on the beach chair pouting, noirish look and feel. Come on – recipe for daydreaming and soft subtle tones and almost loungy beats gets you into the mood and Lana has never looked so good. Frankly the song’s name should be “Music To Watch Your Lover To” – Works both ways boys or girls. In my case Lana. Oh and did I mention “Pink Flamingos”
The main reason the song didn’t make it to the top of most underrated songs is well, ah it’s not that underrated. It has critical and commercial success. The reason this song made it this far was due to the curious fans of Lana. Lana has cult like following – for those fans she is their princess but she also has haters who talk shit but in secret when no one’s watching listen to her songs.
Number 2 spot went to one of the better DJs the world has to offer. Kygo.
For those who don’t know who Kygo is, here is quick bio on him. Kyrre Gørvell-Dahll commonly known by his stage name Kygo, is a Norwegian DJ, record producer and musician. He garnered international attention with his remix of the track “I See Fire” by Ed Sheeran, which has received over 33 million plays on SoundCloud and 50 million views on YouTube and his single “Firestone” which has over 140 million views on YouTube with an additional 330 million plays on the music streaming service Spotify, as of September 2015. Kygo has accumulated over 200 million views on his music on SoundCloud and YouTube. More details on https://goo.gl/QsOHz7
I have always been a big fan of Ultra Music Festival. Its grandeur, its style, the music and fans are just unbelievable. It’s a spectacle I would love to see once before I go to meet the big guy up there. For the time being there is youtube. So when I heard the Miami part of the festival had asked DJ Kygo to create an anthem for the festival. I was gonna give it try. Oh and did it leave an lasting impression. The song was called ‘ID’ which probably in retrospect would mean that the song is the identity of the festival. It represents everything the festival has to offer. Great city, great personal freedom and one hell of a music experience. The song has Tropical House written all over it. Soft melodic beats which are relaxing and gives you goosebumps. The song was so good that it somehow made its way to FIFA 16 soundtrack too.
In the end, it was a close call between Kygo’s ID and our number one artist but I had to go with my gut.
The most underrated song of 2015 is … Wait for It !
By now it would be clear the most underrated song has something to do with Marilyn Manson and his new album ‘The Pale Emperor’
The king of Shock, bad influence on youngsters, attention seeker, no talent hag, last rocker alive – he has been called by many names but there is no denying his talent and ability to create shock value controversial pieces. He is known for his over the top persona, outrageous costumes, shocking concert antics and his dark views. He is perhaps the most vilified figures in rock history but underneath all the facade there lies a great singer, his voice and musicality can be compared to the greats like Ozzy Osbourne or David Bowie. We can go on about him for days – all the good, the bad and the ugly but I will keep that open for your imagination.
In 2015 Marilyn Manson released his ninth studio album called the ‘The Pale Emperor’ under his own label. The album perhaps is Manson’s most subdued albums of all time. He breaks away from his usual crass style of Industrial Rock to adapt a more potent sparse, blues oriented rock theme. Lyrically, it’s perhaps Manson’s most focused effort. It surprisingly received lot of positive critical acclaim. Many believed it to be the best album of the rocker in over a decade.
The song which got stuck with me and which I feel is perhaps the most underrated song of the year is ‘Birds of Hell Awaiting’
The first time you listen to this song you will go Hmmm…. The start is creepy and has a dark moody vibe. As the song proceeds and you hear Manson’s voice for the first time you are hooked on. The blues inspired heavy beat and chamber arena feel to Manson’s voice will get you swaying to the beat. By the time the last one thirds of the song arrives you will feel a bit cheated – it will sound all repetitive. In the end as I said you will feel Hmmm….
Manson’s voice with the echo and the dark moody blues sound, unfortunately will get stuck in your head. You will repeat the song just to hear the start again, but If you play it the second time you are slave to it, as I was.
It’s like those powerful blues sparse rock song which you can’t ignore or get out of your head. Very old school with modern twist of Industrial rock. Imagine this song being played at massive concert. The arena rock feel, Manson’s voice with the reverb and echo – wow!